Guide to Christmas In Steamboat Springs

Published on 11/26/2020 by Brad Luth

Take white Christmas to a new level this year by visiting Steamboat Springs. With snow falling in every direction it is sure a Christmas you will never forget. The beautiful Routt County is the absolute definition of a winter wonderland. Enjoy the crisp, Colorado air as you wait for Santa on Christmas Eve. Steamboat Springs is one of the most festive places to be in the United States during the holiday season. Come and enjoy the holiday in Steamboat as the locals would. From Dinners to fireworks and kids activities you will not be disappointed. Here are a few of our favorite things to do to celebrate a Steamboat Christmas.

Downhill, Nordic Ski or Snowshoe

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To take on the role of a true Steamboat resident, it is vital that you partake in all of the outdoor activities. From Thanksgiving day to Christmas Day and even up until New Year’s eve, there are plenty of events to get you up and outside in the spectacular town. The actual day of the holiday is the best day to head to the slopes and catch a ride. You may even find Santa skiing down Black Diamond or Rudolph riding through the glades. However, if you are interested in a more private experience, you can check out Steamboats many groomed Nordic trails on Rabbit Ears Pass, Howelsen Hill, or Haymaker Golf course. You may even be interested in purchasing an Ikon Pass.

Downtown Steamboat Holiday Photos

Dress up to explore winter wonderland and head downtown to catch a few stunning photos with views of the Yampa River, Yampa Valley, downtown Steamboat, and Steamboat Ski Resort. Day or night there are several spots that are the perfect place to snag your family Christmas Card pic, big announcements like engagements, graduations, or even if you are expecting. During the evening you can capture the views of Howelsen Hill lit up for night skiing in the background. You can even take a stroll down to the Courthouse and view the enormous decorated trees filled with lights and kissed with snow. It creates the perfect Hallmark movie atmosphere.

Hop Into The Hot Springs

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There is nothing quite like relaxing by the fallen snow in a natural hot spring. Take your family or go alone for a self care night, you will not be dissapointed. Nothing says Christmas vacation like floating in a soothing, natural hot water spring while the steam from the tub meets the cool air and rises up past the piles of snow. This is the perfect option for a romantic place to end the night. You will be left feeling rejuvenated and in one of the most magical landscapes you have ever seen. If you are looking for a few amenities, check out Old town Hot Springs located in the heart of downtown Steamboat. However, if you are looking for a more out of city experience, try out Strawberry Park Hot Springs.


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Celebrations are just not complete without fireworks. Luckily, Steamboat Springs has a fireworks display every Friday night during the holiday season. Find a spot near the launch or watch from your balcony or patio. Grab a hot chocolate and turn on the Christmas lights and enjoy the show. Bask in the beauty of the town’s snow covered mountains are lit up by a burst of fire in the sky. For the adrenaline junkies, take a ride on the champagne powder snow for night skiing while watching the firework show. After a few hours outside, head into your vacation rental and grab yourself a warm drink. If you find yourself ringing in the New Year in Steamboat, no worries they have fireworks and a Torchlight Parade for this night too.

Activities Kids Will Love

For those who will be traveling with kids who may not know how to ski, there are plenty of options to keep them busy during the holidays. All activities are perfect for kids to enjoy alone, or with the whole family.

Sleigh Ride

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Experience the magic of Christmas and Santa by hopping on a sleigh ride. Go through the twisting and turning as it glides through the snow covered mountains. Not only will you check something off of your Christmas bucket list, but it is also the perfect way to see more of the town.

Horseback Riding

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While horseback riding in the snow may seem scary, it is actually a beautiful and exhilarating experience. Something about being on the horses back as it trots through the snow filled mountains taking you to every hidden gem that Steamboat Springs has.

Ski School

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For those young or old, who have never skied before. Don’t fret! There is the option to enroll in ski school, but don’t worry, this is a school you will actually want to attend. There are classes with multiple other beginners or you can opt in a private lesson. Besides what’s a ski vacation if you don’t ski? You can also learn all of the in’s and out’s of skiing, like where to find Steamboat lift tickets, how to navigate Gondola square and any other questions you may have.

The town will be lit up and beautiful no matter the weather. With Christmas trees and live music in every corner, there won’t be a dull second in sight. Who knows, you may even want to come back in the spring months for a music festival or two. For those staying for a long period of time, you can even visit surrounding towns like Denver and Vail for even more Christmas decorations. We hope to see you soon, and happy holidays!